New 2023 NSF Food Processing High Bay Light
The food industry is very conscious of manufacturing and processing food safely. Many states and local governments have implemented stringent safety requirements in the food processing facilities across the USA.
One is these safety requirements is to have NSF Certified Lighting in all areas. NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation and this organization sets the testing standards to certify lighting products for the food processing industry.
Some of the testing requirements are:
1. High Color Rendering index with the ability to see the true colors of produce and protein products as they are processed.
2. Smooth Dust proof surface so that dust and other debris will not stay on the light.
3. The water Ingress Protection (IP rating) should be IP66 or better to withstand the dust, high temperature and high pressure wash downs of the light.
Color Rendering Index (CRI)
CRI is defined as how a light source makes the color of an object appear to human eyes and how well subtle variations in color shades are revealed. It’s really how well a light bulb shows true colors. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a scale from 0 to 100 percent. It indicates how accurate a given light source is when it comes to rendering color when compared to a reference light source. The better color rendering ability depends on higher CRI.
Color temperature or Kelvin of light
Before we learn about the color spectrum of lights, we should know about the color temperature. LED color temperature measures the color of a LED light bulb. It defines the amount of pure white, yellow, red and blue color in a light. Another way to think of the color temperature is how 'warm' or 'cool' is the white LED light bulb. Color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin and is a measure of the part of the color spectrum that is found in light.
There is no right or wrong in Kelvin, its a personal choice. Typically warmer 3000K is used in homes,. 4000K is offices and larger areas and 5000K in warehouses and outdoors. We no longer recommend above 5000K. The American medical association has stated that it is dangerous to your health.
Color Consistency is Important in NSF High Bays.
Color consistency is the average amount of variation in chromaticity among a batch of supposedly identical lamp samples. This represents a light quality index for the LED light fittings. The CCT indicator can have variations that can easily be discerned even when the correlated color temperature is the same. For this reason, the LED high bay light manufacturer aims to ensure color consistency by developing methods to strictly control color variations.
Selecting the right NSF Food processing light for your operation is important to ensure regulation compliance and long term durability.
Consider our line of food processing high bays